LOS ANGELES, Calif.–The owner-operator of a Commerce medical clinic was sentenced to one month behind bars, followed by nine months under home detention, for failing to report to the Internal Revenue Service nearly $90,000 he received as income, prosecutors said today.
Dr. James Lemus, 58, of Shadow Hills was also ordered Monday to pay a fine of $15,000, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Williams.
According to his plea agreement, Lemus Medical Center provided physicals and drug testing during 2003 to truck drivers as required by the Department of Transportation.
Lemus required most of the drivers to pay for the testing in cash, receiving about $90,000 from performing the physicals, according to the IRS.
However, Lemus admitted that he knowingly failed to report that cash to the IRS, resulting in $20,626 owed to the IRS for 2003, the agency said.
As part of the plea agreement, Lemus agreed to cooperate with the IRS in a civil examination of his 2003 through 2007 income tax returns.